ACoP L8 is designed to protect staff, contractors, visitors and members of the public against Legionnaires disease. Legionella regulations are tied to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which requires companies to have access to competent health and safety advice; procedures for employees to follow in the case of a situation that could be potentially dangerous; implemented health and safety procedures where there are two or more employees in a workplace. It may be worth noting at this point that ACoP L8 makes specific reference to self-employed persons on site by suggesting that they are treated like employees with regards to Legionella legislation. Companies must carry out certain duties to actively control and manage the risk presented by legionella. These are as follows: • Identify and assess any sources of risk – this should be done by carrying out a Legionella Risk Assessment.
• Preparation of a procedure or scheme to control legionella
• Continuous monitoring of identified sources to ensure the legionella risk is being monitored.
• Keeping a record of all of the above in a logbook
• Appointing a site manager or director as the Responsible Person for legionella control
A suitable and sufficient legionella risk assessment is required to identify and assess the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems on the premises, and any necessary precautionary measures. This is carried out by, or on behalf of, the Statutory Duty Holder. If a legionella outbreak occurs on your site and leads to a member of staff or the public become infected with Legionnaires Disease it could lead to legal action against your company. If it is found that the recommendations of ACoP L8 were not followed there is every chance a court will rule against you. It is vital to pay close attention to ACoP L8.